Kids maturity level ruins ratemyteachers.com

October 19, 2009
By
More by this author
Ever wish that you could rate one of your teachers? Well you can on Ratemyteachers.com. All you have to do is search your school and teacher but if the teacher isn’t there you can add them. You can rate your teacher within the categories of “easiness”, “helpfulness”, and “clarity”, on a five point scale. You can also post comments, positive or negative, about your teachers, and the comments and ratings are both anonymous. These comments aren’t measured for their honesty and some could hurt a teacher’s reputation. So is ratemyteachers.com a good or a bad thing?
There are many cases that show the negative sides of ratemyteachers.com. A comment posted by andy2505 on Talkreviews.com said “This site condones anonymous bullying. This site encourages kids to rate their teachers.”Andy2505 is not alone; some people feel the same way about this site. Many students may have the urge to post libelous comments, and that could ruin a teacher’s reputation, but some students use the website to they’re advantage to see what their teachers are like before the school year starts Roslyn High School Freshman, said “It is a bad thing because teachers can look at their comments, but it it’s also a good thing because you can express your feelings about your teachers anonymously.” Another Roslyn High School Freshman, said “I believe that ratemyteachers.com is a bad thing because everybody has different opinions and people might rate their teacher based on a bias that they have.”
Not all people think that this website is a bad thing. Many teachers find the website helpful, and like to see what they’re students write about them. Roslyn High School Special Education teacher, Mrs. Mardi Braun, said “I think it is both a good and a bad thing. I think it can give a student a chance to see what a teachers personality is at the beginning of the year but if a student is angry with a teacher if may affect the way they write about a teacher and it may not be fair.” When I asked if the website should be banned and shutdown here is what she said “No, but I would like students to be careful and not to form an opinion based on what someone says they should think and experience things for themselves.” No teacher so far has had the misfortune of being fired due to a comment on the website, but that could change. It has all been speculation, but in chat rooms kids have been looking for ways to get their teachers fired. Will they prevail? The ongoing conflict of Ratemyteachers.com may never end, but as long as students use the website in the correct way and not just post libelous comments, people’s opinions may change.





Join the Discussion

This article has 12 comments. Post your own now!

Aliescha L. said...
Apr. 21, 2012 at 11:15 am
I think it can be a good thing and a bad thing, because some students will give the teacher a bad comment just because they didnt like them, but at the same time its a good thing. An student that is going to have that teacher can find out what they are like to see if they might like them. 
 
Blobthe15 said...
Apr. 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm
Yes it is a good thing, because currently there's no feedback system. If the students don't exactly respond in a good manner, well the teacher didn't teach well.
 
KaplunkyMonkey said...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm
I didn't know the website included high schools.
College students' maturity levels are slightly higher than high school students and thus I haven't run across overtly immature or libelous comments. I do find it useful for picking university classes. It can save you a wasted semester.
 
Daniel T. replied...
May 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm
i can see where your coming from and i definitely agree with u. College students are definitely a degree or two more mature than the average high school student. But me being a ninth grader only have been able to experience the high school mind and nothing more
 
Blobthe15 replied...
Apr. 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Haha, "Degree", Like a Highschool Dimploma or a College Degree.
 
Lesley H. said...
Nov. 6, 2009 at 8:28 am
Wow, just wow. 1 star
 
Lesley H. said...
Oct. 29, 2009 at 8:16 am
Peztastic! i like pez
 
Urbs2013 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 29, 2009 at 8:15 am
smurftastic
 
Tej P. said...
Oct. 29, 2009 at 8:14 am
hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
 
PEZRGOOD3 said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm
i hope rate my teachers doesn't get shut down. its such a great website and i didn't even know about this problem. thank you for writing about this. It was very helpful and a very well written article.
 
KLTMD said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 7:08 pm
Interesting article. Well written .Made me think!!
 
man123 said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 5:34 pm
this article is really good
 
bRealTime banner ad on the left side
Site Feedback